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Thank you so much @selina27 that's very kind of you, I'm happy to be back x
We have missed you Helen. I have put the questions to the mods about a sticky x
Thank you Jac and thank you for putting my question to the mods I appreciate it. xx
One of the first things I did with my first Lab was signed up with the local Gun Dog Club and went for a puppy session with them, 1 on 1. The first thing they told me when I got out the car in the field was to take off the collar and start to use a slip lead. I have done this ever since.
The reason was exactly this, they are so inquisitive in woods, most love to swim and they love to jump over things. There are lots of dangers when they have a collar on because they are so active, they can get snagged on all sorts. So we have never used collars, for this exact reason.
Edit: not sure why this came up in new posts as its so old - apologies.
In the UK when in public your dog is legally obliged to wear identification on a tag attached to a collar or harness. The only exception is when your dog is actually working.
We don't ever recommend using slip leads on young puppies as they are not appropriate for dogs who haven't yet learned not to pull on lead, or who are likely to lunge towards distractions. Flat limited slip leads, such as the ones made by TuffStuff are a good halfway house, but still not appropriate for young puppies in exciting environments. http://www.tuffstuff-ltd.co.uk/p/23/limited-slip-lead